My Daughter The Civil Rights Activist

I’ve always been very interested in our government and the process by which we select our governing official. So, it should come as no surprise to me and those who know me that my daughter is as well. I just don’t think anyone expected it to come in to play at such a young age.

Last Thursday we had to run an errand. The place we had to go was right next to the voting registration office, an early voter location. Ella was curious to know why there were so many people in line outside. I told her they were there to vote. “What’s vote?” Asked my ever inquisitive two year old. I explained that voting was how a group of people could make a decision about something. I used the following example: More


Autumn Acorn Craft

Being a stay at home mom, I go on A LOT of walks. We go at least once a day if not more when the weather allows. We have multiple walk then play meetups a week. Walking is a BIG part of our activities. When it’s just the girls and me walking, Ella and I like to talk about what we see and hear. In the last 2 months as the weather has changed, she has been eager to scope out the changing colors in the leaves, then sad to see them falling, and then ecstatic to discover ACORNS!

She is constantly bringing home as many acorns as her tiny hands can carry or that she can beg me into holding for her. They have been building up in a pile on the back porch, and attracting squirrels. I HATE squirrels. So last night I decided we would start using them for, well, something.

First up… ACORN PAINTING ART! Sort of like found art but instead of the acorns being the art, they helped make the art!


  • acorn
  • shoe-box
  • paper
  • paint
  • tape


  1. cut paper to fit box and place inside of box
  2. put several dollops of paint on the paper in the box
  3. toss the acorns in the box (The kids enjoyed this!)
  4. Close and tape the lid shut
  5. SHAKE! RATTLE! and ROLL!! Those acorns around the box!


DIM (Did it myself): Baby Doll Carrier

I had a friend request a baby doll carrier for her daughter to give as a new sibling gift. I had already been toying with the idea of making one for another friend’s daughter’s birthday gift, so this was all the nudge I needed.

Today I dug into my fabric stash and found a large (5 yards!!) amount of pink/mauve corduroy.  I decided that would do for a trial fabric and set to work. I DID NOT photograph what I was doing as I really didn’t know how it would turn out. Well, it turned out pretty well if I say so myself!

Would you like me to do a tutorial on this?? Tell me in a comment below!!

There’s a party in my tummy! So yummy! So yummy!

My daughter has become OBSESSED with Yo Gabba Gabba. For two years I have shielded her from the brightly colored, melodic craziness that is Gabba Land. Then it happened, we were over at my cousin’s house, and Yo Gabba Gabba was flipped on. Since then, it’s been asked for daily.

She has learned the song that is the title of this entry by heart, resulting in my own begrudging admission that the show CAN be pretty darn cute. My husband likes it and especially enjoys some of the guest appearances. The Roots singing about family is his favorite.

This morning, I made Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes and I was beyond tickled to hear Ella Grace start singing that there was a party in her tummy as she gobbled them down.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 Tbs Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbs White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Large Ripe Banana
  • Chocolate Chips (we like the mini semi sweet morsels)


  1. In a small bowl, mash the banana with a spoon until it’s the consistency of thick baby food. The occasional chunk doesn’t bother me, if you think it will bother you, toss the whole thing in a blender and puree.
  2. In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add in banana, milk, and egg and mix until thoroughly blended.
  4. Add chocolate chips to taste.
  5. Your griddle should be heated to a little over medium high and I like to spray with a touch of PAM to keep these from sticking.
  6. I use an ice cream scoop to measure out the batter . Pour on griddle and cook until most of the pancake is covered in bubbles, then flip. (It will look really thin when you pour it on, but the baking powder will puff these pancakes nicely so don’t worry!)
  7. Top with a dab of butter and syrup if you like and, enjoy the party in your tummy!!

A House Of Illness.

Two weeks ago my big girl, Ella, started running a fever and coughing. We went to the pediatrician and they said it was a virus that should run its course in three days time….


Win Something Wednesday!

Everybody loves a chance to win something for free, right?  Callie and I have been running a weekly Wednesday giveaway on a private parenting board for awhile now, and we recently decided to move it over here to the blog so that more of you lucky ducks have a chance to win.

This week, since we’re both in mega-crafting mode, we’re featuring an ADORABLE crayon craft pouch from My Sunshine Designs:

Trio of mini crayon roll ups

8-crayon roll up pouch

The winner will get to choose from either an 8-crayon roll up pouch or a trio of mini roll ups.  What a great way to keep crayons need and organized, especially when you’re on the go.  These are perfect for the bottom of your diaper bag or purse for quick access when you’re out at a restaurant and need a little kiddo distraction!  If you’d like a chance to win, here’s how:

  1. First, go to My Sunshine Designs on Facebook and ‘like’ the page.  Make sure to comment that you’re stopping by from Kristin and Callie’s blog We Don’t Need Sleep.
  2. Next, make sure you follow our blog! Click the link to the right of this post to sign up.
  3. Last, leave us a comment here on this post and tell us your favorite crayon craft for your or the kids.  We will pick a winner at random in 24 hours, so get to it!

Happy crafting!

Kristin and Callie

Spin Art: Two Ways to Paint Spinning Fun!

My older daughter, Ella, is currently obsessed with all things paint. Her attention span isn’t so great though, so I’m constantly looking for new ways to do stuff. Having more than one thing lined up at a time is also key with her. I mean, if I’m taking out the paint, I’m determined for the craft to last at least 15 minutes. So, today we did spin are two different ways.

We don’t have one of those cool motorized spin art things that I used as a kid at camp, although after today I’m adding it to my craft wish list. So instead, for our first go at spin art, we used my salad spinner. Yup, you heard me right. I cut the edges off a paper plate, dropped some globs of paint on it, and we spun spun spun. They turned out ok, but I think we need thinner paint, and more paint in the future. I’ll probably experiment on my own and let you all know what I think needs to be changed.

For our second spin art craft, I went with a technique I’ve seen in a few different places. I taped a piece of paper to the floor, then flipped a paper plate over and dropped some paint blobs on the back. I flipped it over on the paper and showed Ella how to spin it in a circle. the results were pretty nice and she enjoyed it enough to give it a go with a second set of colors!

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